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The NFL season is here, and I could not be more excited. If you have read most of my other work since joining Footballguys, then you know that my favorite draft strategy when drafting IDPs is to wait on drafting edge defenders. With most leagues transitioning to true position (outside linebackers and 4-3 defensive ends are listed as edge; 3-4 defensive ends and interior defensive linemen are listed as IDL), the pool for these players is deep. If you follow this strategy, it may leave you streaming the positions on a weekly basis. Here are the best IDL and Edge streaming matchups for Week 1.
IDL and Edge Streamers
Edge, Marcus Davenport, Minnesota Vikings
Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ranked 25th in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
I know, I know, the ship sailed for Davenport long ago. After tumultuous ground-pounding that Davenport will one day be a star, his time in New Orleans fizzled out. Not to be defied, the IDP Gods allowed Davenport to sign with a team in much need of pass-rushing help. Davenport is in another position to capitalize on the potential that he has always had, just failed to reach. Luckily for Davenport, his first matchup with the Vikings is a cake one.
The Vikings take on the Buccaneers, the offensive line that forced Tom Brady's retirement. To make matters worse, the Buccaneers will be without their star center, Ryan Jensen. Mike Evans' availability is up in the air as well with a contract feud. Plus, the starting quarterback is Baker Mayfield. Playing across from Danielle Hunter should benefit Davenport well, and yes, I will once again pray he reaches his potential.
Edge, Drake Jackson, San Francisco 49ers
Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers - Ranked 23rd in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Ranking
Drake Jackson has the potential for an every-down role in Week 1. It is looking like Nick Bosa will be suiting up, but this does not effect Jackson's role too much, but maybe improve it. Volume is king, and Jackson should have plenty. The depth behind Jackson and Bosa is not all that strong. Jackson should see plenty of reps. Jackson showed some signs of potential as a rookie in a limited role, mainly in his ability to drop in coverage. He racked up a league-leading (for defensive ends) eight passes defended.
The Steelers' Kenny Pickett is not one to throw the ball deep and could be looking for some screen game action, especially with the 49ers' potent secondary. Jackson should be able to tack on some pass-defended stats in Week 1, plus he should be able to apply plenty of pressure. the Steelers definitely need to improve in pass protection from 2022. For their sake, let's hope they have.
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